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Frida and Diego Guild Short Course

Frida and Diego: 20th Century Mexican Art
Coordinators: Sheila Mehlem & Sarah Santana
Facilitator: Connie Thornton
Registration Fee (3 sessions): $45.00

This 3 session course is offered in conjunction with the new spring exhibition,  Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, on exhibit April 11-August 20, 2017.

Session One: Influences on Frida and Diego’s Work
Presenters: Sarah Santana and Professor Angelica Afanador Pujol, ASU
The first Session will look at three of the most important influences on the work of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: 1.Their Large Pre-Columbian Art Collection 2. The Struggle for Mexican Independence Achieved in 1821, and 3.The 1920 Mexican Revolution.

Session Two: The Mexican Muralists/ Revolutionary Art
Presenters: Sarah Santana and artist Thomas Breeze Marcus
The second session will feature a discussion and analysis of the work of José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera, “the big three” painters of Mexican Muralism starting in the 1920s.

Session Three: Frida Kahlo: Surrealism and Feminism
Presenters: Dr. Claudia Mesch, Janet Cantley and Anita Leach
The final session will explore the growing body of feminist and scholarly literature that deals with the interrelationship between surrealism and feminism in the work of Frida Kahlo. During her lifetime, Frida rejected the label of surrealist saying, “They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

Contact Connie Thornton to register, email: or call: (602) 283-4232.

Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait with Monkeys

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkeys, 1943.
© 2016 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and INBA

Event Details

Thursday, April 6

Thursday, April 6
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thursday, April 13
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thursday, April 20
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Registration: $45

Monte Vista Room

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